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Procrastination ESL Lesson Plan

Why You Procrastinate Even When It Feels Bad

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Video Length: 5:45

Updated on: 03/31/2023

Lesson Time: 1–2 hrs.

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Procrastination ESL Lesson Plan Description


This procrastination ESL lesson plan contains activities, PDF worksheets, and digital materials for C1 advanced students. By the end of the lesson, your students will understand the psychological aspects of procrastination and be able to discuss strategies for overcoming it, as well as apply the learned techniques in real-life scenarios.


This procrastination ESL lesson plan starts out by having students discuss images that show people procrastinating. They continue on to discuss the various ways they themselves procrastinate and explore its impact on their personal and professional life. In addition, students also have the chance to discuss some consequences of procrastination, as well as strategies in order to prevent it. In the last part of the preview section, students can associate some words/concepts closely related to the topic procrastination.


Students watch a TED-Ed video about the science and psychology behind procrastination. This animated video explores why we procrastiante, its consequences, and some strategies or methods on how to break the cycle of procrastination. Students engage in listening comprehension activities in which they answer questions based on the video content, including matching activities and finishing sentences.


After watching the video, students engage in a discussion about the negative consequences of procrastination and methods to break this harmful cycle. They then move on to some activities that feature prepositions, phrases, and phrasal verbs from the video. In this exercise, students match prepositions with their phrases with their definitions, all relevant to procrastination.


In this activation, students journal about their own experiences with procrastination. They then share their journal entries with a partner or the teacher and suggest strategies each could use to stop procrastinating.

If you're looking for an ESL lesson plan on procrastination for your advanced students, then this is the lesson for you! It contains rich and practical vocabulary that students can apply in any setting that involves talking about time management and personal development, and thoroughly prepares students for understanding and addressing procrastination in their own lives.

Benefits of using this procrastination ESL lesson plan:

Practicality & Relevance: Understanding procrastination is practical and relevant, especially for students in a learning environment where time management is key.

Problem-solving Skills: The topic can make language learning enjoyable, as it involves self-reflection and problem-solving.

Writing Skills: Teaching about procrastination through journaling can not only be an opportunity to encourage students to discuss their own challenges and share solutions, but also develop their writing skills in a meaningful way.

Video Description

Explore what happens in the brain to trigger procrastination, and what strategies you can use to break the cycle of this harmful practice.

Lesson Activities




Short Answers, Finish the Sentences, Matching


Word Association, Phrases/Phrasal Verbs, Strategies


Journaling (Writing) & Suggestions (Speaking)

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